In the Footsteps of Our Lord

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

February 8 – 18, 2022 / $4690.00

Join Father Andy Booms and Father Jose Maria Cabrera of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan on the trip of a lifetime. This trip features the most incredible and most sacred places of the Holy Land. The itinerary features five nights in Jerusalem and three nights in Tiberias, with multiple excursions to many different sites along the way.

Our chaplains will lead us in daily Mass and prayer, and our Catholic tour guide Amer Shehadeh – a local from Nazareth – will share with us his love and knowledge of the holy places. From Bethlehem to Bethany, Nazareth to Jerusalem, our faith will come to life as we walk in Christ’s very footsteps.

This trip has been designed to be as comfortable as possible. We’ve arranged round-trip airfare from Detroit on Delta/Air France, beautiful four and five star hotels, and private transportation and tour services from start to finish.

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Special Features and Amenities

This trip has been designed to be as comfortable as possible so that you can make the most out of your pilgrimage, no matter your age or walking ability. From four-star hotels villas to our very own air-conditioned motor coach, you'll enjoy your trip thoroughly.

A Truly Fantastic Itinerary

Our itinerary is comprehensive and comfortable. We’ve selected two cities – Jerusalem and Tiberias – from where we will set out to explore the Holy Land.

Five Star Hotels & Amenities

Our hotel choices were made with you in mind; four and five stars, spacious rooms, large bathrooms, elevators, beautiful public spaces, fantastic restaurants, and so much more.

Catholic Tour Guides

This trip is staffed by Catholics who will earnestly share their love and knowledge of the faith for you. Our guide and your soon-to-be friend Amer Shehadeh is from Nazareth!

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Private Transportation

We’ll have our very own private motor coach to take us all over the Holy Land. We will have to walk, however, as most cities don’t have streets bug enough for buses!

Pilgrimage Itinerary

February 8-9

Getting There

Tuesday, February 8 – Today we rendezvous in Saginaw at 1:00 PM (place and parking information TBD) and board a private bus for Detroit International Airport. We will then check-in and board our flight, Delta 098, with scheduled departure for Paris, France at 6:10 PM. The next morning we arrive in Paris at 8:15 AM and then proceed to our next flight, Air France 1620, with scheduled departure for Tel Aviv at 9:20 AM.

Wednesday, February 9 – Our flight arrives in Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion Airport at 2:35 PM. Here we will be met by our private guide Amer Shehadeh. Our first stop is Caesarea Maritime, an ancient city and harbor built during the reign of Herod the Great in c. 22-9 BC. Following our visit we will transfer to Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee and check in at Pilgerhaus. At Pilgerhaus we are within walking distance of Tabgha, the site where Jesus fed the multitude by the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner dinner together at the hotel and then catch up on some muchneeded sleep.

Friday, February 11 – Today our first stop is Capernaum, where Jesus taught in the synagogue and healed a man possessed by an unclean spirit. Here we will have Mass and a tour. We will then drive north to the Golan eight to visit Banias (Caesarea Philippi), stopping at the stunning nature reserve, the Nahal Hermon Banias-National park. Lunch here will be at a Druze Village, home to an ancient and insular Druze Arab ethnic group residing in Israel. After lunch, we will visit the edge of the Sea of Galilee where once stood Bethsaida, the town which gave rise to Peter, Andrew, and Phillip. We will stop at Tabgha to visit the Church of Multiplication before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Saturday, February 12 – Today begins at the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. This is followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, after which we will enjoy lunch. We will then visit the Church of the Primacy of Peter where Jesus appeared to his apostles after his Resurrection, and told them where to cast their nets. Following lunch we will continue to Jerusalem; check in at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Guest House.

February 10-12

Tiberias & Environs

Thursday, February 10 – Our first stop is Nazareth, the very place on earth where the Word was made Flesh, a mystery honored by the Basilica of the Annunciation, built on the site that tradition holds was the house of Mary. The Church of St. Joseph is built over the workshop of St. Joseph the Carpenter; imagine the boy Jesus helping his father in this very place. We will enjoy lunch in Nazareth before traveling to Cana, the village where Jesus performed his first public miracle at a wedding, when he turned water into wine. The miracle is commemorated by the Wedding Church. Here, couples will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. Following our time in Cana we will return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

 

February 13 - 14

Jerusalem

Sunday, February 13 – Today begins with early Mass at the most sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which encloses the hill of Golgotha and the tomb of Jesus within its walls. We return to the hotel for breakfast before departing for Bethlehem. Here we will visit the Church of the Nativity built at the spot of our Lord’s birth. We will also see the Church of St. Catherine (of Alexandria). From the church we will descend to the grotto where St. Jerome translated the books of the Bible into the Latin Vulgate. Lunch in Bethlehem and visit to the Shepherd’s Field, where, at our Lord’s birth, the shepherds received “good tidings of great joy.” We will then return to the hotel for dinner.

 

Monday, February 14 – Today’s first stop is the Western Wall (the Wailing Wall), the only part of the Temple complex to survive the Roman sack of Jerusalem in 70 AD. After lunch, we go to three sites in the Mt. Zion area. The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu is built on the grounds where Peter denied our Lord three times before the cock crowed. The Basilica of Dormition Abbey commemorates our Lady falling asleep before she was assumed into heaven. The day ends with a visit to the Upper Room, where the Last Supper took place. We will then return to the hotel for dinner.

February 15 - 17

Last Three Days

Tuesday, February 15 – Today we will visit the Israel Museum in the morning before going to Ein Karem where Zachary and Elizabeth lived, and where our Lady pronounced her Magnificat, commemorated at the Church of the Visitation. Lunch on your own, and then visit the Pater Noster Church, built over a cave where Christ taught the Our Father to His disciples. From there we will walk the road that Jesus traveled amid jubilant shouts of the Palm Sunday throng, to the Dominus Flevit Chapel, at the spot where our Lord wept over Jerusalem. We’ll then return to the hotel for dinner.

Wednesday, February 16 – This morning we will walk the way of Christ’s passion, the ancient Via Dolorosa. The Stations of the Cross are marked along this route. Visit the Pools of Bethseda where Jesus healed the paralytic. Lunch on your own. After lunch, we go the beautiful and peaceful Garden of Gethsemene, where Jesus suffered his Agony before his arrest. The day ends with a farewell dinner.

 

Thursday, February 17 – Today is the last day of the trip and has been allocated as a free day. We are offering an optional day-trip, however, that you may not want to miss. The additional cost is $180.00. – Optional Day Trip Details – After morning Mass those attending the optional day trip will depart for the fortress of Masada, overlooking the Dead Sea. This fascinating archaeological site was originally built by Herod the Great in c. 30 BC, but is famous as the location of the last stand of the Zealots during the Jewish Revolt against the Romans that ended with the siege of Masada and Jewish defeat in 73 AD. Following our tour and lunch we will visit the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in Qumran! This exciting historical venture will be followed by an optional swim in the Dead Sea! In the late afternoon we will return to our hotel and check-out. Following a free dinner, we’re off to the airport for a late-night flight home!

February 18

Coming Home

Friday, February 18 – Tonight our flight AF 1121 departs at 1:00 AM and arrives in Paris at 4:55 AM. Our next flight, Delta 97, does not depart until 10:10 AM, so plenty of time for a croissant and a cafe au lait! We then arrive in Detroit at 1:10 PM, where our private bus will meet us and bring us directly home to Saginaw.

TRIP DETAILS

Pricing & Registration

Payment Details

Generous cancellation policy. See FAQs below for details.

$200.00 / due @ registration

$2245.00
due June 8, 2021
$2245.00
due November 8, 2021
Check Payment or CC (3% Surcharge)

Regular Price

See brochure for full list of inclusions and exclusions.

$4690.00

Airfare, Lodging, Transportation
Tours, Most Meals, Fees & Gratuities
Private Tour Director & Guides

Single Rooms

Limited availability.

$1249.00

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Register

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Purchase Travel Insurance

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Get Your Passports Ready

Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are not valid to enter Israel.

Get Welcome Packet & Pack Your Bags

Two months before the trip we will send you Welcome Packets with lots of useful information. Pack your bags and get ready!

Meet the Team

Amer Shehadeh

  • 30+ Years Leading Groups

  • Knight of the Holy Sepulcher

  • Fluent Speaker of English, Arabic and Hebrew

  • Native of Nazareth, Israel

My name is Amer Shehadeh and I am from Nazareth, Israel. I am Roman Catholic. My wife Omaima and I have three children and are blessed with two grandchildren. I have been in the travel business since 1988. I am a licensed travel expert and licensed tour guide, with degrees in English, Middle Eastern History and Teaching. I am a proud member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher with a rank of KCHS. Ten years ago I established BesTouR, a boutique travel agency organized to handle select Catholic groups originating from North America and provide A to Z services in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Sinai, Greece and Turkey. Together with ProRome, we offer exceptional trips throughout the Holy Land and the greater Mediterranean world.
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Fr. Andy Booms

Fr. Booms is the pastor of Saint Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church in Midland, MI.  He is also the vocation director for the Diocese of Saginaw, MI. Father has led a number of pilgrimages and he very much looks forward to welcoming you on this trip in the footsteps of St. Paul.

Fr. Jose

Fr. Jose Maria Cabrera is the pastor of All Saints Catholic Parish in Bay City, MI. He will be joining Father Booms as the co-chaplain of this pilgrimage. He looks forward to leading you in prayer and Mass throughout the course of this incredible journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions pertaining to this particular trip.

Can I fly separately?

Yes. Please be advised, however, that your arrival time and departure time from Tel Aviv should be similar to the group’s schedule. Below you will find the flight plan.

  • DL 098     08FEB    DTW-CDG    610P        815A+1
  • AF1620    09FEB    CDG-TLV      920A        235P
  • AF1121    18FEB    TLV-CDG      100A        455A
  • DL 097     18FEB     CDG-DTW    1010A     110P

Can I apply points towards the airline ticket?

No. Unfortunately points cannot be applied towards tickets that are a part of a group contract.

Are you insured?

Yes. We are fully insured with Travel Agents and Tour Operators Professional Liability Insurance through Zurich American Insurance Company . And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome Tours.

Will I be safe with your group?

Safety is our #1 priority. We alway stay together as a group. We’ll never take you anywhere unsafe.

What do you do in the event of an emergency?

We remain in close contact with the American embassies in Israel, who issues safety and security messages for Israel on their website. In the case of an emergency, we will first ensure that all of our group members are safe and able to communicate immediately with their family at home. We will then follow the instructions of the local authorities and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Our staff receives training before the trip, which involves reading, understanding and committing to memory a forty-page crisis management plan. If you would like to see a copy of this plan please inquire.

Can you accommodate people with food allergies or specific dietary restrictions?

Absolutely. Vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or celiac, we work only with restaurants and caterers who have ample options for you.

Trip Patron

Our trip patron is St. James the Greater. Following the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. James set out for Spain where he preached the good new. Following his missionary work in Spain, St. James returned to his home country and was eventually beheaded in Jerusalem, in 44 AD. His relics were returned to Spain but his head remained in Jerusalem, in the church of St. James. We’ll pay our patron a visit while in Jerusalem!

“Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.“ – St. Jerome

 

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